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Artistic Director Education Series - Molly Smith, Arena Stage

Theater/Arts Management Education Series Podcast

Release Date: 02/25/2020

"Behind the Curtain" Education Series - Scenic Designer Julie K. Ross

Theater/Arts Management Education Series Podcast

Scenic Designer Julie K. Ross appeared as part of our education series about the professionals not on stage that are critical to bringing a show to the stage. Hear what a Scenic Designer does, how she ended up in this career, how the profession has changed (and where projections fit in), and a prop that manh times ends up on her sets as an inside joke.

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"Behind the Curtain" Education Series - Lighting and Visual Media Designer CJ Barnwell

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This episode provides the insid scoop on lighting and visual media design from CJ Barnwell. Find out how he ended up in this field, his process for designing, what exactly a lighting/visual media designer does and some challenges he has faced in the past. Also find out how the profession has evolved and changed over the years, as well as why the relatively new visual media component has become so important.

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"Behind the Curtain" Education Series - Technical Theater and Props Professional Sylvia J. Pierce

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Technical Theater professional Sylvia J. Pierce appeared as a guest as part of our "behind the curtain" magic that makes a theatrical production happen. She enlightens us about what exactly a technical theater professional is responsible for, with particular insight into a props manager, how she got into the industry, what dramatic changes she has seen in the technical field over the last 46 years and some very entertaining stories about her experiences working with CNN, Eurovision and SNL.

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"Behind the Curtain" Education Series - Sound Designer Bailey Gafeney

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Continuing with our "behind the curtain" chats with those theatrical professionals who make theater happen backstage, we welcomed to the show Sound Designer Bailey Gafeney. Find out what exactly a sound designer is responsible for, the tricks and insight into "underscoring" a production, what is her process for designing sound and some of the more challenging projects she has worked on. Also learn about some positive changes she has seen in the industry so far in her career.

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"Behind the Curtain" Education Series - Costume Designer Casey Watkins

Theater/Arts Management Education Series Podcast

Costume Designer Casey Watkins shared insight into what is involved with costumes and wardrobes in a theatrical production. Learn what she is responsible for in a show, what is her process for designing costumes, how does she research period pieces and some interesting tricks about costume designs that directly influence an audience member's experience and feelings toward the characters.  

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Emmett Till Trilogy and Racial Justice Education Series - Antonio Michael Woodard, Actor show art Emmett Till Trilogy and Racial Justice Education Series - Antonio Michael Woodard, Actor

Theater/Arts Management Education Series Podcast

Emmett Till Trilogy and Racial Justice; Theaters Keep the Conversation Going Education Series - Episode 3: Antonio Michael Woodard, Actor considers portraying Emmett Till in the upcoming Till Trilogy of play series an honor and a responsibility to humanize this young man. He also firmly believes that theater is always been a catalyst for change and spurring conversations about important social issues in our nation. According to Antonio, these plays mirror exactly where we are today and the fact that people must remember this story so it cannot be repeated. His final thoughts: "You can't get...

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Emmett Till Trilogy and Racial Justice Education Series - Reginald Douglas, Artistic Director show art Emmett Till Trilogy and Racial Justice Education Series - Reginald Douglas, Artistic Director

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Emmett Till Trilogy and Racial Justice; Theaters Keep the Conversation Going Education Series - Episode 3: Reginald Douglas, Artistic Director is honored and thrilled to be presenting this trilogy of plays during his first season as Artistic Director. He expresses his strong belief that the theater industry plays a big role in spurring audience members to become active and energized about combating racial injustice. "I do think that art is action. It sparks dialogue about our community, makes people think and to take action." He stresses also that this series of plays centers on love and...

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Emmett Till Trilogy and Racial Justice Education Series - Talvin Wilks, DIrector show art Emmett Till Trilogy and Racial Justice Education Series - Talvin Wilks, DIrector

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Emmett Till Trilogy and Racial Justice; Theaters Keeping the Conversation Going - Episode 2: Talvin Wilks, Director talks about how important this series of plays is to understand the significant impact of the Emmett Till murder in our nation's history. He also expounds on the importance of the media in bringing visibility to the injustices of racism, but questions "why does it take an image to gain people's attention?" Also hear his hopes about what audiences will say about the production series and how the theater industry helps spur and continue these critical discussions.

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Emmett Till Trilogy and Racial Justice Education Series - Ifa Bayeza Playwright show art Emmett Till Trilogy and Racial Justice Education Series - Ifa Bayeza Playwright

Theater/Arts Management Education Series Podcast

Emmett Till Trilogy and Racial Justice; Theaters Keep the Conversation Going Education Series - Episode 1: Ifa Bayeza, Playwright wrote this series of plays to ā€œcelebrate the joy and majesty of this family.ā€ She summarizes each of the three plays, what she wanted to focus on for each and tells us about some interesting factoids she found out about Emmett during her research. Ms. Bayeza also discusses her hopes for how audiences will respond after seeing the shows. ā€œI challenge our contemporary audiences to think about what we are going to do. If the Till saga was the spark of the Civil...

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Arts Health Benefits Education Series - Dr. Jatin Ambegaonkar show art Arts Health Benefits Education Series - Dr. Jatin Ambegaonkar

Theater/Arts Management Education Series Podcast

Dr. Jatin Ambegaonkar, Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University gives updates us on the many benefits of dance and movement therapy for seniors. Overall, dance allows for healthy aging or seniors remaining active members of their community physically, mentally and spiritually. Also learn about recent studies done in the movement therapy field, work that still needs to be done and his overall advice and views with respect to dance and seniors.

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The Artistic Director of Arena Stage Molly Smith was a featured guest on the "Embracing Arlington Arts Talks" podcast as part of our five-part "Artistic Directors STEAM Ahead" series starring the five most successful theaters in the DC region. Hear her very insightful advice for listeners interested in an arts management career; learn about her own journey and successes in the theater profession; what changes she has witnessed in theater productions, and much more. What an honor to interview Molly who has broken so many glass ceilings for women in the theater management world in the DC region.